Note from Nicole

This coming Sunday…

Dear St. Andrew Community,

Easter falls on a Sunday again this year! That’s dorky pastor humor and it never gets old. Neither does the Easter story. That’s my hope, anyway. I’m grateful that each Gospel writer’s version of the witness to the resurrection is different, but the message is the same. Christ is not here, He is Risen!

How can we hear this message as though we’re hearing it all over again for the first time? How can we move into the full experience of the resurrection so that it works us, changes us, dare I say, resurrects us? 

We have four ways to experience worship this Sunday. Each one of them new to us, as even our indoor service won’t be quite the way it was in years past. I suppose we can lament that, wishing for the way it was, but that certainly would not be in keeping with the Easter message of new life. 

The Easter message asks us to look forward, to understand life and death differently today than we did yesterday. We’ve lived with the reality of illness and death this past year like no other in my lifetime. My hope is that as the virus weakens, our new found appreciation for life will grow stronger.

The Easter message is more than hope for new life. It’s a wake up call for all of us to embody the resurrection through acts of love. We can lament what’s lost. But we can’t stay there. God calls us to move forward together, embodying the good news of Christ to all who are grieving, all those in darkness, all those who have yet to hear the message we hear year after year: Christ is Risen, He is risen indeed!

Yours in Christ,

Nicole

GETTING ACQUAINTED:

For the next few months – each Thursday from 2-4 and Sunday from 12-2, Reverend Nicole Trotter will make herself available for a conversation so that we can get to know one another. This can be by phone, Facetime, Zoom, or an outdoor visit at the church, in a yard or at the square. You may like just 15 minutes or perhaps an hour. Please contact Amy in the church office at [email protected] to set up a time and let her know your preferred method of contact; Phone, church, etc.? If neither of these times work for you, please feel free to reach out to Nicole directly to set something up.

LENTEN TOUCHSTONES

At the start of Lent, the worship team invited all of us to create a spot at home that connects us to the experience of Lent beyond Sunday mornings. It began with finding a stone as a symbolic invitation to the many biblical representations of stones.  

We’ve received several testimonies about the touchstones. Here are the words of our own Eileen Haflich:

I have a quiet place where I sit each morning. I have added my favorite rock, one that sort of looks like a walrus. Rocks seem so ageless, steady, strong, and dependable. No wonder they are a metaphor for God and Christ.

ENVIRONMENTAL MOMENT

The new Federal administration has put fighting climate change as a marque item in their agenda. We all have a part to play in supporting this agenda. This bi-weekly Environmental Moment will highlight some environmental good news and offer tips on how you can help reduce waste, energy, and use of plastics. May this instill hope for our future.
Good News: Jamaica bans single use plastics!
Green Tip #14: Are you guilty of “wish-cycling”? In other words, do you throw anything you think might be recyclable into the blue bin? Did you know that all recycling is hand sorted by Recology employees? Be a careful recycler so that your discards don’t (a) overwhelm the system with things that cannot be recycled, (b) get thrown into the landfill because they aren’t cleaned or useful. Here’s some important facts: 

  1. Do you put your recycling in a plastic bag (see photo)? Please don’t, the entire bag is tossed into the landfill. The sorters do not empty it. 
  2. Do you put dirty plastics, glass, and cans in the recycle? Please don’t, these also automatically go into the landfill. Also, keep the lids on the empty, clean plastic or glass containers, otherwise loose lids will not get recycled.
  3. Glassware, dishware, and broken glass cannot be recycled. If glassware or dishware are in decent shape, donate them to a thrift store instead of throwing them away.
  4. Spray cans (any and all, from hairspray to paint) can be put in the recycle bin. BUT they MUST be fully empty and discharged of air or propellant. Do not puncture.
  5. Do you put any and all plastic into the blue bin? Please don’t put soft plastics in, such as bags, wrappings, or bubble wrap. All these are put into the landfill by the sorters. Several Safeway markets around the county have bins to recycle plastic bags (plastic wrap is never recyclable). 
  6. Do you put styrofoam into the blue bin? Please don’t, styrofoam is never recyclable. Be a smart shopper, please avoid buying products packaged in styrofoam. 
  7. And about plastics in general: Look at the recycling letter on a plastic container. Only #1, #2, and #5 have any recycle value. All other plastics are landfilled. Please be a savvy shopper and try to avoid plastic containers in general and plastics with codes #3, #4, #7 and those that are unmarked.

Thank you! And if you have any Good News or Green Tips, or if you would like some product recommendations, please contact Eileen Haflich via the church office at [email protected]

Brought to you by the Mission Committee

WORSHIP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

As our church begins the slow reopening, carefully following all COVID health and safety regulations, and rediscovering how we look as a worshipping congregation, we have some new and exciting opportunities to be part of the Sunday Worship team. If you have a passion for technology (sound/visual) or would be willing to read scripture during one of our services, you are who we’re looking for! We would like to build a team of rotating weeks of technology and scripture reading support. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact Stacey via the church office at [email protected]. This is a great way to be of service to God, yourself and others!

With gratitude,

Stacey Schoeningh, Worship Coordinator

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGES

Our Women’s Spirituality Groups – Graceful Aging and Women’s Space, originally scheduled to be held next week, have been rescheduled:

Graceful Aging will meet Thursday, April 15th from 2:00pm-3:15pm, continuing the discussion on Parker Palmer’s book, On the Brink of Everything-Grace, Gravity and Getting Old

Women’s Space will meet on Saturday, April 17th from 10:00am-11:30am, with a discussion on Mary, Mother of Jesus – Part Three

Look for more details (and a chance to RSVP) in next week’s email.

Please continue your giving during this time, so that St. Andrew may continue to serve our local community and our membership. We recognize that some of you have been impacted financially by economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. For those of you who can, please continue to give on a regular basis.

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  • Give electronically to the St. Andrew General Fund
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